The introduction of NHS-led Provider Collaboratives creates a shift in the approach to commissioning specialised mental health, learning disability and autism services. Our collective focus will be on the health of local populations, understood through outcomes, experience, and the delivery of transformation in pathways of care. Our ambition through NHS-led Provider Collaboratives is to ensure that people with specialised mental health, learning disability and autism needs experience high quality, specialist care, as close to home as appropriately possible, which is connected with local teams and support networks.
Provider Collaboratives are seeking to enable specialist care to be provided in the community to prevent people being in hospital if they don't need to be and to enable people to leave hospital when they are ready.
NHS-Led Provider Collaboratives mark a new era for specialised mental health, learning disability and autism services. Building on the success of New Care Models for tertiary mental health services, NHS-Led Provider Collaboratives will drive improvements in patient outcomes and experience. NHS-Led Provider Collaboratives will also bring much needed focus on tackling inequalities for their local population and increasing the voice of lived experience in improving the quality of care provided.
This short video by NHS England explains what Provider Collaboratives are.
Feedback from partners
Director of Specialised Commissioning & Health and Justice, NHS E/I Midlands:
The partnership has built new and transformative relationships with inpatient and community providers alike, ensuring that patients and their families receive the care they needs as close to home as possible despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. There is real drive and commitment throughout the team.
Worcester Community Outpatient Team:
West Midlands Provider Collaborative have been a fantastic edition to adult eating disorders, not only have they reduced hospital admissions and length of stay, they have been of great support to local teams.
The West Midlands ED Collaborative is truly a collaboration of partners from around the region. From the outset, the team at Priory have always felt included; valued and our contributions appreciated. We have been able to see how our collaboration with the West Midlands has gone from strength to strength; enabling staff to build valuable relationships across partners; to share knowledge and most importantly treating patients closer to home.
I've enjoyed being part of the collaborative, I can see the benefits it brings and have been part of developing the clinical outcomes. I want to continue to be involved and am looking forward to what we do next to improve services for people with eating disorders.
Midlands NHS Partnership are ambitious about reducing waiting times and treating those that really need help. They are also forward thinking and keen to work with third sector organisations, they view their charity partners as equal and are driven towards creating better experiences for sufferers and their families.
Links to Eating Disoders information
- Beat Eating Disorders is the UK’s eating disorder charity
- Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health - Eating Disorders Service
- Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership - Eating Disorder Service
- Elysium Healthcare - Cotswold Spa Hospital
- The Priory Healthcare - Priory Hospital Woodbourne
- Our Adult Inpatient (Kinver Ward)
Latest News (June 2022)
We went live formally on 1 April 2021 taking on the contract, budget, commissioning and quality responsibilities.
Significant progress has been made in relation to key outcomes for our Adult Eating Disorders patients across the West Midlands, and this is due to the close partnership working across the region and the commitment from all in working together.
- 2018/19: 135 admissions
- 2021/22: 117 admissions
Reduction in Out of Area Activity by 100%
- Baseline 2018/19: 55 patients placed out of area
- Over the last 2 years this number has been reduced to zero
Average length of stay (target of 116 days):
- Baseline 2018/19: 161 days
- Current length of stay: 90 days
Over 52 hours of Bed Management clinical discussions held over the last 12 months managing 117 admissions.
- A second Clinical Liaison Practitioner
- Lived Experience Professional Lead
- A CAMHS transitions Practitioner
- Clinical Collaborative Manager
Reduction in distance travelled (target of 20 miles):
- Baseline 2018/19: 117 miles
- Current distance: 20.8 miles (based on clinical need)
- 2021/22: 34 avoided
- an increase of 17 from 2020/21 through managing patients more effectively in the commuity
Efficiency savings of £1.7m through avoided admissions.
- Develop Lived Experience Forum
- Develop online programme for Eating Disorders
- Review Day Care Models
Piloting third sector support packages with BEAT
- Carers Programme
- Email support for service users